Using Glass To Create Luxury And Open Plan Spaces

Luxury build construction specialist, Verus Construction, works extensively across Yorkshire on high-end conversion and renovation projects.

Founder Damian Barker’s expert skills in all aspects of building, combined with thorough organisation and attention to detail has helped him build an extensive portfolio won 100% through recommendations as he specialises in creating unique, luxury, family homes.

Sandmoor Avenue

The objective of the project was to craft a luxury, modern and open plan home. The design centred around an abundance of glass, including an entirely glass rear exterior and doors which were crucial for creating a bright and open space. The completed project created an exceptional family home on Sandmoor Avenue, a quiet street in the Alwoodley suburbs of North Leeds, with six bedrooms and bathrooms, a large, freestanding glass sauna, an open plan kitchen diner, a hidden utility room, boot room, playroom, gym and yoga studio, a modern office and balcony, a wine wall, three reception rooms and a gallery room with large glass doors leading out to an impressive and secluded garden.

Damian Barker, Founder and CEO of Verus Construction, says of the completed project: “Glass as a statement material is becoming increasingly used in inspiring and interesting ways to elevate home interiors and simultaneously create brighter spaces.  Incorporating generous amounts of glass into the home aligns with ongoing interior trends of dopamine decor, open plan spaces and connecting homes to the outdoors. It’s certainly something we’re experiencing with our own clients, and we’re seeing more and more glass used in luxury housing projects to create connected, open and tranquil spaces filled with natural light. Whether through expansive glass walls, sleek doors, inviting balconies, or contemporary stained glass windows, it offers a great way to create calm spaces and fill homes with light and colour.”

Using glass in the home

The design team included Studio Map, Adept Consulting Engineers and Verus Construction, whose skills, expertise and attention to detail are showcased throughout the Sandmoor Avenue home.

When considering the space, Damian and his team decided on double-height glass walls to complement the concrete flooring and streamline the eye. This not only accentuates the home’s contemporary aesthetic but also effortlessly guides you from the interior to the exterior.

An entire rear glass exterior, glass doors and exposed bridge staircase were essential to creating a space that celebrated minimal luxury, bringing elevated artistic features whilst creating a calm, peaceful and cosy house that felt like home. Thanks to the glass interiors championed during design phases, as you enter Sandmoor Avenue, the open plan kitchen, living and dining area welcomes you with an abundance of natural light, courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling, double-height glass panels and sliding doors, creating an expansive, open-air entertainment and dining space that seamlessly extends into the garden space.

The Sandmoor Avenue project was completed with large internal windows which feature throughout the rest of the home. Glass balconies have been built for both the office and master bedroom, offering unencumbered views of the external garden and bringing the outside in. Modern statement stained glass doors have also been used at the front entrance, bringing unique style and colour to the home as well as a statement chandelier which holds hundreds of individual light bulbs.

Architecturally, the use of glass and modern architecture in the new extension provide a stark contrast and unique transition against the solid, traditional form of the original 1950s building, adding a distinct and modern flair to the overall design.